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Jun 30, 2019

Today, I want to share with you the story of the first PC clones and how they cemented the rise of the x86 chipset.


Most of this story takes place between 1981 and 1984, but I think it's fair to say that these 3 years are some of the most influential for the PC's rise to domination. So lets start the story with a...

Jun 23, 2019

In this byte-sized episode we look at edge-notched cards. A punch card adjacent technology with a strange connection to the early internet.

Episode 6 Notes - Digital Voices

Jun 18, 2019

Modern speech synthesis is impressive, that should go without saying. The fact that a pocket-sized computer can create a voice so close to a real life human is truly a feat of programming. But where did that technology come from?


There is a rich and long history of humans trying to recreate the sound of our own...

Jun 16, 2019

What are the origins of our modern day text-to-speech systems? In this episode we will dive into the rich history of electronic talking machines. Along the way I will tell you the story of the vocoder, the first singing computer, and a little about the father of modern synthesized speech.

Episode 5 Notes - How much has UNIX changed?

Jun 3, 2019

UNIX-like systems have dominated computing for decades, and with the rise of the internet and mobile devices their reach has become even larger. True, most systems now use more modern OSs like Linux, but how much has the UNIX-like landscape changed since the early days?

So, my question was this: how close is a modern...